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Milwaukee Ale House Monkey Paw

Milwaukee Ale House Monkey Paw
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
We named the first of our strong ale series after this accursed appendage because this is the type of beer people wish for, but the side effects arenít. At 7% ABV and an impressive 55 bitterness units (IBUs), this ale packs quite a punch. A ton of fresh hops and over a month of aging allowed this strong ale to mellow out and achieve a balance that younger beers of this size simply donít have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Milwaukee, WI). Pours a rich deep amber brown hue, some fiery orange on the edges, firm haze. Bigger frothy offwhite head stays as a decent film that laces ok overall. Aromas are a firm floral hopping, some citrusy lemon, spice, and dandelions. Touches of bready malts, crisp toast, toffee, yet covered by the firm hopping that slants American. Initial is medium bodied, crisp biscuits up front, gentle toast, and a touch of mellow sweetness, quickly moving into a soapy floral and earthy hop bitterness. Gentle touches of toasty malts, toffee, and biscuits. A firm body lifts the dryness up. A nice beer, lacking complexity but certainly very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Draft at the Ale House. Pours a pale amber with a fluffy white head. The nose is very hop forwarded. Floral and citrusy with a hint of malt character. On tasting, the bitterness is well balanced and kept in check. Some booze is noted. Very hop forward with lots of juicy hops but the malt seems to be kind of flabby. Clean overall but perhaps a bit uninspired?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at Milwaukee Ale House. Poured clear honeyed amber with a sticky off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet, alcohol-spiked fruits and molasses with black pepper and herbal accents.. warm and quasi-interesting, but didnít seem particularly well-crafted. The flavor found mostly caramel sweetness at the core, along with a pinch of honey.. spicy, peppery, bitter, and sharp around.. messy. Medium-bodied and sharp as mentioned on the palate.. filling, moderate-plus carbonation.. this wasnít one I need to drink again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
arkurzynski (2275) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at the Old Fashioned. Red/amber in appearance. Unwelcoming aroma of plastic/vinyl and toasted/caramel malt. Even-keeled, blah bitterness with caramel malt and a light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is far too creamy to enjoy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Darker IPA, wasnít a huge fan of it, not enough hop bitterness and a hint of rubber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Tasted 8/15/10. Sampler from the Brewpub. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Thick off-white ring of head. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Mild toast and a subtle spiciness. Medium to full bodied with a bitter on bitter flavor. The malt bill seems to have a rye punch to it, with an accompanying alcohol bitterness to boost the existing palate. Good malts. Good and ample does of bitter grapefruit, earthy and piney hops. The alcohol is noticeable, yet accentuates instead of overpowers the palate. Seems very fresh, which is good! Solid and strong! Good style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2010
On tap at the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton, ABV advertised a 7.0%. Amber with a creamy moderately sized tan topper. Aroma of caramel, mild fruit and even milder hops. Taste of apricot and other assorted fruits, caramel, grains and a mild citrus hop presence. Not much bitterness at all. It sounds like the ale house has tweaked this recipe since the first batch as the ABV is less and this is in now way a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured a near clear deep amber with a light brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a strong pine note with a slight underlying sweet cereal note. Flavor was similar strong pine start the mellowed to a sweet cereal finish and light caramel note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Mid-Winter Brewfest. Was told this was a strong english ale. Umber color with a moderate off-white head. Sweet malt aromas, a bit earthy. Only hints of herbal and citric hops. Flavors are malty , with a traditional floor malt, toffee and touch of alcohol. Just a bit of hops for balance. Finish is back to sweet and malt. As advertised, a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Draft at the Old Fashioned. Murky amber-brown color. Minimal off-white head. Solidly hopped, with a significant malt backbone as well. Sweet, pretty balanced overall. Drinkable but somehow takes anything extreme out of the style. Standard at best.

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